Backpacking is a growing recreation. Thousands of people, every year, saddle up and set out on isolated trails to appreciate the beauty of nature and to meditate in its serenity. Backpacking is essentially free, but is a great way to break away from work and take a break from the mundane, everyday routine. However, when exploring the wilds of nature, maintaining one’s health is of the utmost importance. Hikers are always reporting backpacking-related accidents that could have easily been prevented, had the hikers been more prepared. By taking along the appropriate products, you can ensure personal safety on your next hiking adventure.
Below is a list of five of the most important products to keep your health strong (Read More....)
Authored By Scott Humphrey
The idea of Medicare for all is one that meets with varied opinions and passionate responses. When President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law, he appealed strongly to people’s sense of decency, saying “we’ve just got to say that by God you can’t treat grandma this way!” It’s true that in those days there were shocking stories of the elderly going without care and dying in deplorable conditions without treatment. Lately, the Medicare program has been portrayed as under siege, nearly bankrupt from increased costs and decreasing revenues. But many are asking the question: “Could this work for everyone?”
Medicare for All refers to a policy of expanding Medicare into a single-payer program with no copayments or deductibles, which would then cover every US resident and be paid for with payroll taxes and perhaps some marginal (Read More....)
Complete Comfort Home Care
Having an ill or recovering loved one at home can be an overwhelming responsibility. While many people take it upon themselves to try to care for this person, it’s important to know that this isn’t safe or effective—for either person involved. It’s both dangerous, and mentally AND physically draining. There is a better option available, and for several great reasons: hiring a private nurse. Here’s why!
1.) They are Able to Deal with Matters that an Aide cannot Deal With
It can be a smart idea to keep an aide on your staff for non-medical issues that need tending to, like feeding or bathing a patient. However, there are things that an aide just can’t do, since they’re not trained to do so. When it comes to dealing with medications, checking blood pressure and heart rate, and changing bandages, for example, you’re going to need someone who’s qualified (Read More....)
Having a doctor’s appointment isn’t the type of event that has me jumping out of bed first thing in the morning and anxious to get my day started. Regardless, I needed an ultrasound on my neck and throat and I felt apprehensive. Would the procedure hurt? Would the doctor be able to diagnose the cause of my discomfort? Doctors, specialists, technicians, dentists and their office staff often forget that patients feel anxiety. Rather than add apprehension to an already stressed patient, medical professionals can implement several techniques that limit patient anxiety and increase comfort.
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Before the appointment
Answering the phone with courtesy demonstrates respect and is the first step toward establishing good patient rapport. Using a kind tone of voice and offering assistance without being prompted gives patients confidence in the medical staff. The attitude of the front office staff conveys the practice’s overall attitude. I always feel respected and comfortable when the receptionist welcomes and addresses me by my surname and focuses on me instead of on personal conversations. Returning a (Read More....)
Some people have blind faith in their doctors and are loyal to their healthcare professionals to the end. This allegiance to a physician is admirable, but not always necessary or wise. You owe it to yourself to get the best health care possible. As with making any decision, informed healthcare consumers get better results than uninformed patients do.
Determine the need for a second opinion
While advancing technology continues to sharpen the accuracy of diagnostic testing, it is still impossible to correctly diagnose an illness 100 percent of the time, especially on the first try. Many insurance companies require a second opinion to reduce the rate of diagnostic errors. Medicare will pay up to 80 percent for a second, or even a third, opinion when a major surgery or procedure is involved in order to gain a consensus on the diagnosis and best course of treatment. Most family doctors will not be offended if you ask them for a referral. Consider a second opinion whenever you face a serious illness or complex surgical procedure.
Find an alternate doctor
Ask friends and relatives or use the Internet to find a general physician or specialist in your area. Each doctor may have a different opinion (Read More....)
If you have been diagnosed with cancer like mesothelioma, you may be faced with an overwhelming number of decisions. Choosing doctors, health care facilities, and even treatments can leave you feeling numb and exhausted, and that won’t even take into account your emotions and physical toll from the cancer itself. While conventional medicine may play a large role in treating mesothelioma you may be considering alternative treatments as well. For centuries, people have been turning to the world around us for medicinal plants and healing treatments. While herbs and other complementary treatments may not be able to cure your cancer or offer you an increased mesothelioma life expectancy, they can offer substantial relief from the uncomfortable symptoms related to the cancer or the treatments you’re undergoing and dramatically improve your quality of life. Complementary treatments can also help ease the stress of cancer and cancer treatments and help you take control during what is inarguably a very stressful time.
Complementary medicine can encompass a variety of different treatments and is generally (Read More....)